Renting a car for while you are travelling can actually be the cheapest, most convenient way to make journeys, as long as you do it right. If you leave it to the last minute, and end up sorting out your car from the airport, you’ll end up spending a lot more money that you need to, and possibly even ending up with a vehicle that doesn’t suit your individual needs – especially if you have a limited budget.
Here are some more tips to help lower your car rental costs:
Book In Advance
Research conducted by Travel Supermarket has suggested that by pre booking your car, and taking the time to find the best deal, you will end up saving yourself up to 75%. The research suggests that the earlier you book, the better a deal you will get. It’s also a good idea to check for online vouchers to see if you can save yourself any more money!
Check Out Price Comparison Sites
Price comparison sites have been set up to help you find the best deal for you – but it might be best to contact a company directly before booking to make sure you can get everything that you need from the rate.
Try All Companies
Not just the one with national reputation. Of course it’s best to check reviews of each business, to ensure that you will be getting a reputable business, but often the more independent companies offer better deals.
As For A Deal
Sometimes you won’t get the best deal unless you ask! With sales assistants you can often negotiate, and they will want your business so they are very likely to work with you to get you what you want.
Book It For Longer
Sometimes you can get a lower rate by booking the car for a few extra hours. You can still return it at the time you want to anyway, so this might be worth exploring.
Don’t Buy Insurance
Well, not from the car rental company anyway. The sales assistants will try to sell you a whole range of services that are either pretty useless or can be found cheaper elsewhere. Take the time to do your own research before buying anything to save you money.
Take Your Own Car Seat
If possible, try to save money on the extras – such as child seats or sat navs – by bringing them yourself. This can save you around $100 per week!
Don't drive too fast or recklessly because you aren’t in your own car. By sticking to the speed limits, and being constantly aware, you will save on fuel consumption and charges for any damage done to the vehicle.
Check The Car
Talking of car damage, it’s important to Check The Condition of the Vehicle When Renting A Car so that you can take note of any damage that’s already there and report it to staff members. You don't want to end up paying for damage you haven’t done!